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Immerse yourself in the gorgeous spring bloom of Point Reyes. Learn the basics needed to identify wild plants and use them for food and medicine. On each day we’ll begin with a classroom talk on botany basics. After lunch we take a walk down a gorgeous wildflower covered trail. We will learn to use basic botanical keys in the field and start to recognize the floral patterns of major plant families. Students will be introduced to the ethnobotany of the area including top notch wild medicines and foods.
Schedule for the weekend
- Learn basic botany and plant identificaion skills on friday night,
- Hike during the days, observing and indentifying the wild medicinal and edible plants around Chimney Rock.
- Saturday Night we will make wild foods and medicines with plants we've harvested throughout the weekend.
- Sunday morning we will have a wild food brunch and go for a final hike.
-Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, more info below.
-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.
-This class will be held mostly outdoors with some time spent indoors.
-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Cancelation Policy
If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.
Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock
The Point Reyes Lifeboat Station is a National Historic Landmark overlooking beautiful Drakes Bay. It is the last remaining example of a rail-launched lifeboat station that was common on the Pacific coast. Located at Chimney Rock, the Lifeboat Station was built in 1927 by the U.S. Coast Guard and contains the crew’s quarters, a large boat bay, and a marine railway system for launching a 36-foot life boat.
The ground floor houses the boat bay museum where a renovated motor boat is located.
The area around the Lifeboat Station is used by the Marine Mammal Center as a release site for rehabilitated wildlife. While staying here some classes are unexpectedly treated to the release of an otter or harbor seal.
- Ample working / studio space
- Large second floor reading / meeting room overlooking Drakes Bay
- Seven bedrooms accommodating 24 individuals, bunk style sleeping
- Fully-equipped kitchen with large fridge, large freezer, and commercial range/over
- Two large multi person bath/shower rooms
- Central heat
What to Bring: (overnight)
A chair for outdoor seating
Writing Utensils and Journal
Hat and sun screen.
Comfortable walking shoes
WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunkbeds, mattress only)
Extra sleeping pad for comfort (optional, but the provided mattress is fairly thin)
Ear plugs (in case of snorers) Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel, etc.)
Flashlight or headlamp
A full service kitchen is provided. Please bring all meals and snacks. The nearest stores and restaurants are 20 miles away over country roads, so you will need to be self-sufficient. By tradition, Saturday night is pot-luck with everyone sharing food. So be sure to bring a dish to share for Saturday dinner, as well as food for yourself.
Are you an outdoor educator or artist who would like to teach a PRNSA Field Institute class? Contact us at email@example.com or visit www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/class-information for more information about how to become a PRNSA Field Institute Instructor.